Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization

 Mission Statement

The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization, a department of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is rooted in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit through Sacred Scripture and Tradition. This ministry cultivates a comprehensive Catholic youth ministry to, with, by and for adolescents within the context of lifelong faith formation in collaboration with parishes and archdiocesan offices. 

Vision

Directed by the USCCB document, Renewing the Vision, the department provides formation and programming for leaders and adolescents based on the following components of youth ministry: Advocacy, Catechesis, Community Life, Evangelization, Justice and Service, Leadership Development, Pastoral Care, and Prayer and Worship.

 

Resources

2018-2019 OACE Program Calendar

Catholic Youth Ministry Handbook 4th Edition

Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation

Crisis Care Intervention Responses and Resources

 

Cvent Registration Links

 

 

Contact

 

Tim Colbert,
Director
Email: Tim Colbert

 

Randy Adams,
Associate Director OAC
Director of Camp Kappe
Email: Randy Adams

 

Norma Torok,
Associate Director
Email: Norma Torok

 

Dunn Estacio,
Associate Director
Email: Dunn Estacio

 

Brian Henritze,
Associate Director
Email: Brian Henritze

 

 

 

Luz Guerrero,
Administrative Assistant
Email: Luz Guerrero

 

Elda Skrehot,
Administrative Assistant
Email: Elda Skrehot

     Contact Info:
     Phone: 713-741-8723
     Fax: 713-741-8775

 

     St. Dominic Chancery
     2403 Holcombe Blvd.
     Houston, TX 77021

 

High School Youth Ministry is done with, by and for young people in grades 9-12. The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization sponsors and promotes a wide range of programs, conferences, gatherings, and special events for youth and adults. Below are some of the major programs sponsored by our office.

High School Programs

AYC 2019
Hilton AmericaHotel
July 26-28, 2019

Contact your parish for registration information!

The Archdiocesan Youth Conference (AYC) gathers over 2,500 participants - both youth and adults - from all over the local Church. AYC is the largest evangelizing event for older adolescents that the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization hosts annually.

Participants will experience the diversity of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston! They will have the opportunity to share and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, dynamic talks, and other prayer experiences.

2019 Conference Information

The theme and conference information will be posted soon. Please check back regularly for more information.

Contact

Tim-Colbert, 
Conference Co-Director 
Email Tim
713-741-8723 

Randy Adams
Conference Co-Director
Email Randy
713-741-8771

Youth Council

The Archdiocesan Youth Council is composed of roughly 100 high school youth from all across the Archdiocese. These young people have been nominated by their parish or Catholic school and go through a discernment process before being commissioned. Youth Council members serve for a term of one year during which they assist with the planning and implementation of various programs sponsored by the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization.

 The Youth Council gathers as a whole four times a year:

  • Discernment Retreat at Camp Kappe (March)
  • Commissioning Mass at AYC (July)
  • Committee Work Retreat at Camp Kappe (August)
  • Spiritual Retreat at Camp Kappe (December)

Throughout the year Youth Council members will also meet in their committee groups to plan and implement various youth ministry programs for the Archdiocese.

Eligibility 

While all young people have the potential for leadership those nominated for the Archdiocesan Youth Council should meet the following requirements:

  • Be nominated by a parish or Catholic high school official who can attest to the nominee's leadership skills.
  • Be in an incoming sophomore, junior, or senior the year they are being nominated to serve.
  • Be an active member of their parish youth ministry or high school campus ministry.
  • Be an individual who is able to take responsibility for their attendance and commitment.
  • Have an ability to listen to others and effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas in a non judgmental way.
  • Have the ability to see the needs of the whole Archdiocese not just their local parish.

Nominations

Nomination forms are typically sent to parish and Catholic school leadership in December and must be returned to the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization by mid-February. Each parish or school may nominate 1 or 2 young people to serve on the council. Those young people who are nominated will attend a discernment retreat in March. If they are discerned onto the council their term begins the following summer at the commissioning mass.

For more information regarding nominating a high school adolescent from either parish or Catholic school, please contact:

Randy Adams,
Associate Director
Email Randy
713-741-8723

 

The Archbishop has established that in this Archdiocese the normative age at which those baptized as infants into the Catholic Church receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is the 10th or 11th grade. 

The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization provides formation opportunities for new Confirmation coordinators, emphasizing sacramental theology, Confirmation catechesis, and program administration. Coordinator training is also available to help design and implement Confirmation retreats, develop service opportunities, form sponsors, assist Confirmation candidates with vocational discernment, and work to engage the entire faith community in Confirmation catechesis.

Parents and teens are encourages to contact the Confirmation coordinator at their parish for specific details regarding the Confirmation preparation program at your parish.

Contact
Norma Torok,
Associate Director
Email Norma
713-741-8723

The Archdiocese sponsors a Confirmation make-up retreat is for Confirmation candidates who are unable to attend a retreat with their parish during the year he/she is receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

If needed, one of the candidate's parents can individually register online for his/her child. There are limited spaces, and this is an option only if the teen is unable to attend his/her own parish retreat due to an emergency or a calendar conflict that cannot be rescheduled.

The next Archdiocesan Confirmation make-up retreat will be on February 15-17, 2019, at the Camp Kappe Youth Facility.

 Contact 

Dunn Estacio,
Associate Director
Email Dunn
713-741-8723

One of the components of comprehensive youth ministry is justice and service. The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization is deeply committed to providing youth and their adult leaders with information, resources and opportunities to engage in meaningful service learning rooting in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Contact
Brian Henritze,
Associate Director
Email Brian
713-741-8723

NET is a Catholic evangelistic outreach program based out of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A NET team is comprised of 11 young adults that range in age of 18-30, who have a vibrant faith and have given nine months of their lives to travel throughout the United States to share their faith with Catholic youth. Using the retreat format, the team members blend a fun, high-energy experience with a straightforward and personal presentation of the Gospel message and how Jesus Christ has affected their lives.

They use large group presentations, small group discussions, music, games, skits, prayer, personal testimonies, and the Sacraments to bring a deeper spiritual awakening for Catholic youth and their families. NET offers a wide variety of retreats for youth from grades 6 - 12th. 

Scheduling

The NET Retreat Team will be in the Archdiocese January 11 - February 1, 2019.  Scheduling is done through the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization in Summer 2018.

2019 Parish NET Request Form

Contact 
Dunn Estacio,
Associate Director
Email Dunn
713-741-8723

For more information on NET Ministries, please visit www.netusa.com.

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial four-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. Sponsored by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.

For each conference, the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization leads a delegation of youth and adults to attend this national event which is the largest gathering of Catholic youth in the United States. NCYC is open to high school age young people and their chaperones. Most participants are Catholic. Many youth participants are leaders in their local parishes, schools and/or diocese, though many are just beginning to connect to their faith.

Contact
Randy Adams,
Associate Director
Email Randy
713-741-8723

Jr. High Youth Ministry is done with, by and for young people in grades 6-8. The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization provides formation through a variety of age-specific programs geared towards younger adolescents. These programs help youth discover their gifts, talents, and abilities to help foster and promote leadership in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as a servant leader.

Jr. High Programs

The Archdiocesan Junior High Rally is an annual day for younger adolescents (grades 6-8th) to gather together as community to pray, share, learn and celebrate with the larger archdiocesan family their Catholic faith. 

Throughout the day, youth and adults deepen their faith by participating in a wide variety of fun and faith-filled activities which focus on instructions of faith, community building and a variety of hands-on service projects. Each year a new theme is selected which focuses on issues that affect the junior high youth.

For more information regarding Junior High Rally, please contact:

Contact
Randy Adams,
Associate Director
Email Randy 
713-741-8723

Extreme Challenge is a day of fun and fellowship, where junior high youth in grades 6-8th play crazy games, dance, eat, pray, build community, and celebrate our faith in prayer and liturgy. The day also features The Lion's Den where teams compete in a quiz show atmosphere to test their knowledge of the Catholic faith. Physical condition or skill level doesn't matter; there are games for everyone. It also provides creative ideas for PCLs, core teams, and volunteers to take back to their own parish/school.

Contact 
Randy Adams,
Associate Director
Email Randy
713-741-8723

Peacemakers is a one-day workshop for both early adolescent youth (6-8th grades) and their leaders to discuss and explore the problems facing youth during the Junior High years. The program is designed to cover various topics over a three year period. These topics include bullying, cliques, harassment, peer pressure, gangs, drugs/alcohol, and self-esteem challenges.

The program offers Christ's models for handling these problems and provides youth with a place to openly discuss situations and solutions. Through a variety of activities, community building, role play, games, presentations, and discussions, participants will learn valuable skills to assist them in handling these issues. These include conflict management /resolution, peer mediation, as well as peer ministry to help them in their school, home and church life.

Contact
Randy Adams,
Associate Director
Email Randy
713-741-8723

The Quest is a leadership program designed for youth in grades 6–8th. The program introduces youth to the servant leadership model by providing them with the building blocks needed for peer ministry. Through skits, community building games, activities, workshops, and prayer, youth will discover their gifts and learn how to plan and implement Junior High activities and programs for their parish/school.

The Quest is open to all 6th – 8th-grade youth, CYM, and volunteers. An Archdiocesan-wide program is held each year in the fall. See program information and registration link for more details and forms. The program may also be adapted for a parish or deanery level.

Contact
Randy Adams,
Associate Director
Email Randy
713-741-8723

NET is a Catholic evangelistic outreach program based out of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A NET team is comprised of 11 young adults that range in age of 18-30, who have a vibrant faith and have given nine months of their lives to travel throughout the United States to share their faith with Catholic youth. Using the retreat format, the team members blend a fun, high-energy experience with a straightforward and personal presentation of the Gospel message and how Jesus Christ has affected their lives.

They use large group presentations, small group discussions, music, games, skits, prayer, personal testimonies, and the Sacraments to bring a deeper spiritual awakening for Catholic youth and their families. NET offers a wide variety of retreats for youth from grades 6-12th. 

Scheduling

The NET Retreat Team will be in the Archdiocese January 11 - February 1, 2019.  Scheduling is done through the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization in Summer 2018.

2019 Parish NET Request Form

Contact 
Dunn Estacio, 
Associate Director
Email Dunn
713-741-8723

For more information on NET Ministries, please visit www.netusa.com.

Camp Kappe

Camp Kappe was built and developed to serve as a center for youth retreats and spiritual growth programs operated by the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization and the various parishes of the Archdiocese. 

It is located in Plantersville, TX and can be rented out by groups who are seeking a location to hold a retreat that benefits Jr. High and High School youth. 

Features

Dennis Patrick Duffy Hall and St. Pedro Calungsod Cabin

Capacity: Accommodates 121 people

 

The formation of parish youth ministry leadership is a major priority of the Archdiocesan Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization. Whether full-time, part-time, or volunteer the formation of individuals who work with youth is a critical component in the development of successful parish programs and safe places for young people to gather and feel welcomed.

OACE - Adult Formation and Certification

Program Overview

The Basic Certificate in Youth Ministry (BCYM) is a ministry training program for those who are in leadership roles within parish youth ministry programs. This includes: paid staff members, parish catechetical leaders of youth, key adult volunteers.

There are two main goals of BCYM:

  • To provide an entry-level grasp of essential youth ministry skills, practices and concepts.
  • To provide a strong theological and catechetical foundation to the practice of youth ministry.

The certificate consists of nine course offered in a blended format of live and digital courses. Three courses are required to be taken live; the other six are done through an online digital learning platform.

Program Information

The certificate is offered three times a year. Participants register for one of three cohorts of live courses (fall, spring or summer) and must complete the six online courses within a year to be awarded with the certificate. All live courses will take place at the St. Dominic Archdiocesan Center from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The program is open to all youth leaders, core team members, and volunteers who want to learn more about the skills for youth ministry. All those in charge of a youth ministry program are required to take this course within the first year of employment. 

Program Information Sheet

Registration for Fall 2018

Contact
Brian Henritze,
Associate Director

Email Brian
713-741-8723

The Archbishop has established that in this Archdiocese the normative age at which those baptized as infants into the Catholic Church receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is the 10th or 11th grade. 

The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization provide formation opportunities for new Confirmation coordinators, emphasizing sacramental theology, and Confirmation catechesis and program administration. Coordinator training is also available to help design and implement Confirmation retreats, develop service opportunities, form sponsors, assist Confirmation candidates with vocational discernment, and work to engage the entire faith community in Confirmation catechesis.

Formation is also offered to all catechists in ministry with Confirmation candidates. This formation offers catechists a theological basis for current Confirmation pastoral practices as well as practical catechetical methods to prepare adolescent candidates in immediate preparation for Confirmation.

English Registration (August 25)

Spanish Registration (September 10)

Livebinders’ Confirmation Resource

Confirmation Guidelines

Contact
Norma Torok,
Associate Director
Email Norma
713-741-8723

Archdiocesan Sexuality Catechesis Norms, Guidelines, Resources, and Formation

The Archdiocesan Norms, Guidelines, and Resources for Lifelong Human Sexuality Catechesis provide all parishes and Catholic schools with systematic formation in human sexuality for all ages from early childhood through adulthood.

Catechists teaching human sexuality are asked to attend a specifically designed catechist formation in human sexuality. This formation will consist of completing the Archdiocesan Moral Teachings course (10 hours) and attending an age specific sexuality catechesis module (3 hours). 

The combination of the two formation courses will provide the catechist with a strong foundation in understanding the Church's teachings for living the moral life as well as offering practical skills and resources needed for catechizing one's specific age group.

For those catechists interested in taking more than one age-specific sexuality catechist module, it is only necessary to attend the last 90-minutes of subsequent offerings. Each sexuality catechesis module begins with the same 75-minute content. After a 15-minute break, the last 90-minutes of each module consist of catechists' skills and resources specific for the age of their learners.

Course Offerings

Human Sexuality Catechesis-October 27 (English)

Curso Catequeticos de Sexualidad Humana 27 de Octubre (Spanish)

Human Sexuality Catechesis-November 10 (English)

Curso Catequeticos de Sexualidad Humana 10 de Noviembre

Curso Catequeticos de Sexualidad Humana  Our Lady of Guadalupe Baytown (Spanish)

 

Contact
Norma Torok,
Associate Director
Email Norma
713-741-8723

Program Overview

Creating a Sacred Space, Retreat Formation Program provides parish retreat teams, PCLs, adult volunteers and teens with valuable tools needed to conduct retreat ministry for youth, young adults, and family programs. The program, which is required by all who conduct retreats within the Archdiocese, focuses on the components of comprehensive youth ministry to provide a framework that will meet the needs of young people in a retreat setting. Archdiocesan retreat formation must be renewed every five (5) years.

Program Information

The program is open to all high school youth, youth leaders, core team members, and volunteers who want to learn more about retreat ministry. In addition to the scheduled formation at St. Dominic Archdiocesan center, parish, school and deanery leaders who wish to have this formation on their sites should contact the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization for scheduling and costs. A minimum of 20 participants is needed to host the program.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Training options are from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and are geared towards adult and teen volunteer leaders.

  • September 22, 2018 - Chancery at the St. Dominic Center
  • March 16, 2019 - Chancery at the St. Dominic Center

September 22 - Register Here

Contact
Dunn Estacio,
Associate Director
Email Dunn
713.741.8723 

 

Entrenamiento para equipos de Quince Años

Reconociendo que la celebración de Quince Años es una tradición de la familia hispana cuyo alcance evangelizador llega a toda la comunidad de fe, la Oficina de Evangelización y Catequesis para Adolescentes ofrece entrenamiento al año a las personas que componen los Equipos de Quince Años en las parroquias. El entrenamiento incluye información sobre el trasfondo histórico, modelos de preparación, como formar los equipos parroquiales, música, celebración Eucarística y otros elementos relacionados con la celebración Cristiana-Católica de esta tradición.

Formation for Quince Años Coordinators and Teams

Recognizing that the Quinceañera celebration is a tradition of the Hispanic family, the parish is urged to utilize this celebration as an opportunity for welcoming and evangelizing the family toward a closer union with God and the Church. The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization offers training for parish Quinceañera teams with this perspective in mind. The training includes information on the historical basis for the celebration, models of preparation, models for forming parish teams, music, Eucharistic celebration, and other elements related to this tradition Catholic celebration.

Quinceañera GuidelinesDescargar una versión electrónica de las Directrices

Fifteen Questions on the Quinceañera from USCCBQuince preguntas sobre las Quinceañeras

Upcoming Courses

Quinceañera Team Training (English)

Entrenamiento para Equipos de Quinceañera (Spanish)

 

Contact
Norma Torok,
Associate Director

Email Norma
713-741-8723

Program Overview

As professional members of a parish/school staff it is important for us to seek out continuing formation to help us in our ministry to young people. Professional Growth Days are centered on addressing current and relevant topics relating to youth ministry. They are a time to learn from experts as well as co-workers in the field. In addition, they provide a collaborating network with other parish/school leaders and promote the sharing of best practices.

Program Information

The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization typically offers two Professional Growth Days each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. We endeavor to offer a variety of options in training's including live courses and webinar based training's to meet the learning styles and availability of a variety of people.

Upcoming PGD Opportunities

November 15, 2018 - Topic TBA

March 28, 2019 - Topic TBA

Contact
Brian Henritze,
Associate Director

Email Brian
713-741-8723

Conference Overview

The PROCLAIM Conference is a joint effort between the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC) and the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization (OACE). Together theses offices hope to bring fresh voices in the fields of Evangelization and Catechesis to aid parishes in their ministry efforts. 

The PROCLAIM Conference is held every other year in the fall.  All clergy, men and women religious, catechists and catechetical leaders are invited to attend.

For more information please visit the Main Conference Page.

Jeremiah 1:7 is an Archdiocesan safe environment program which provides formation for high school-age youth who assist adults in ministry to children and youth under the age of 18. The program is a collaborative effort between the Offices of Youth Ministry, Continuing Christian Education, and Archdiocesan Safe Environment personnel. The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization is responsible for the day-to-day operating management of the program.

Included in this site is a training schedule and site locations for high school age youth as well as for those qualified and approved adults wanting to be trained as program facilitators. All adult program facilitators must first be approved through the Archdiocesan approval process. 

Parish Catechetical Leaders (PCL), DREs and CYMs, utilizing this program are asked to carefully read and follow the links for procedures, forms, and handouts. 

All program inquiries should be directed to jeremiah1-7@archgh.org.

Contact
Norma Torok,
Associate Director
Email Norma
713-741-8723

Parish Youth Ministry Leaders are a valuable part of comprehensive youth ministry. A staff member of key volunteer who takes point in coordinating and implementing comprehensive youth ministry will find on this page programs, resources, and links designed to help them grow in their ministry.

Youth Ministry Leader Resources

Program Overview

Connect offers Parish Catechetical Leaders (both salaried and volunteer leaders) the chance to connect with the peers from throughout the Archdiocese for prayer, discussion of ministry topics, and networking.

Program Information

Connect is open to all youth ministry adult leaders and is absolutely free (lunch included for those who RSVP). Those who would like to attend need to contact the OACE administrative assistant to register at least three days before the event.

2018-2019 Connect Dates

Contact
Dunn Estacio, Associate Director
Email Dunn
713-741-8723

 

Program Overview

The Sanctus Renovo Retreat is a retreat for all parish catechetical leaders and volunteers within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston who work with younger and older adolescents.  During these two days, the retreatants are directed by a leader from the national field of Catholic youth ministry.

Retreatants are led through sessions based on a particular theme and participate in:

 

  •  Journaling
  •  Personal prayer
  •  Communal prayer
  •  Small Group Reflections
  •  Praise and Worship
  •  Social Time 

Program Information

The next Sanctus Renovo will be on January 8-9, 2019 at Camp Kappe Youth Facility.

Contact
Dunn Estacio, Associate Director
Email Dunn
713.741.8723

 

Awards Overview

The Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Recognition Awards, sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization, recognizes the significant and outstanding contributions made by men, women, and youth to the field of Catholic Youth Ministry on the archdiocesan, deanery, and parish levels in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Award Categories and Criteria

Ellen Burns Memorial Recognition for Gospel Values of Justice and Peace
This recognition is given to an adult who provides models and programs to educate the church community in fulfilling its responsibility to educate youth for justice and to call young people to action on behalf of others. It is given to a person whose life models the Gospel values of justice and peace. Parish Catechetical Leaders of Youth, core team members, key volunteers, and high school youth can be nominated.

Rose Mary Hood Memorial Recognition for the Outstanding Coordinator of Youth Ministry
This recognition is given to a recognized Parish Catechetical Leaders of Youth who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of youth ministry skills through innovative techniques, creative materials, and practical applications.

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Recognition for Diocesan/Deanery/Parish Youth Ministry
This recognition is given to the adult who has made a significant contribution in youth ministry and who has served as an outstanding model of service to others in youth ministry on the diocesan, deanery, or parish levels. Core team members, key volunteers can be nominated.

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Good Shepherd Recognition
This recognition is given to a priest of the Archdiocese who continues to promote and foster comprehensive youth ministry on the archdiocesan, deanery, or parish level. Pastors or parochial vicars can be nominated.

Youth for Christ Recognition
This recognition is given to teens who have made a significant contribution in youth ministry as outstanding models of service to other youth on the diocesan, deanery, or parish levels of youth ministry. Only high school youth may be nominated.

Nomination Process

Anyone wishing to nominate a person (or persons) for an Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Recognition should complete a nomination form. You may nominate as many people as you like. Make sure you use one form per nominee and you must include two references besides yourself to complete the form.

Recognition Flyer 
Nomination Packet and Form

Recognition Ceremony

Recognition Awards are given at the annual Archdiocesan Youth Conference by Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and Mr. Brian Johnson, Director of the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization. The Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization notifies each person who has been nominated for the recognition award. Actual Recognition recipients receive written notification prior to the Archdiocesan Youth Conference.

Contact
Tim Colbert, Director
Email Tim
713-741-8724

Overview

Mesa Consultiva para Pastoral con Adolescentes is an advocacy group to the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization for encouraging parish Catechetical Leaders, parents and youth toward living their baptismal call amid the diverse expressions of culture within the Catholic Church.

Mesa Consultiva para Pastoal con Adolescentes es un grupo de apoyo para la Oficina de Evangelizacion y Catequesis con Adolescentes para animar a los lideres paroquiales, padres, y adolescentes a vivir su llamado bautismal, en medio de las diversas expresiones culturales en la Iglesia Catolica.

Contact
Norma Torok, Associate Director
Email Norma
713-741-8723

Curriculum Overview

For information about early adolescent Curriculum please click here.

 

 

Contact
Randy Adams, Associate Director
Email Randy 
713-741-8723

Curriculum Overview

For information about older adolescent Curriculum please click here.

 

Contact
Norma Torok, Associate Director
Email Norma
713-741-8723

Brian Henritze, Associate Director
Email Brian
713-741-8723

NFCYM

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) supports and strengthens those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

The mission is grounded in the U.S. Bishops’ document, Renewing the Vision (RTV). RTV gives a solid foundation for a comprehensive youth ministry, a roadmap, and a vision that allows each diocese and NFCYM to animate ministry to the young church.

USCCB - Youth Ministry

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have a page dedicated to their focus on youth ministry. Here you can find current focus of the bishops ministry to young people along with a digital copy of Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.

USCCB Conformity List

The USCCB maintains a conformity list of catechetical resources that meet the standards set out by the Bishops. The primary catechetical text used in all formation programs in the Archdiocese must come from this list.

Life Teen

Life Teen is a group that provides resources for Jr. High and High School Youth Ministry that seeks to lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. They offer several paid subscription levels as well as a number of free resources.

Project YM

Project YM is focused on equipping Catholic youth ministers so that they can do ministry better. They offer a regular blog on youth ministry topics as well as a wide variety of screen based games to utilize in youth ministry. Project YM also has a paid subscription that provides resources and training.

CRS

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. They serve Catholics in the United States by helping them live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. They provide great age specific resources for sharing Catholic Social Teaching with young people.

CMD

The Center for Ministry Development promotes the development of ministry and catechesis with youth and families through leadership formation, service learning, and resources rooted in Catholic tradition and Scripture. They offer a wide variety of resources for ministering to youth and families.

OACE Calendar

Administrative Resources

  • Youth Ministry Handbook
  • Strategic Planning Process 
  • Program Planning and Calendaring
  • Permission Slip and Liability Form (English)
  • Permission Slip and Liability Form (Spanish)
  • Retreat Centers (Double Check with Risk Management)
  • Bus Companies (Double Check with Risk Management)
  • Incident Report
  • Parish Catechetical Leader Ethical Guidelines 

Catechetical Resources 

Confirmation Resources

  • Livebinders Confirmation Resources
  • Archdiocesan Confirmation Guidelines
  • Confirmation Make Up Retreat List

Pastoral Care Resources

  • Crisis Care Intervention Manual
  • How to Plan a Prayer Service
  • Crisis Response Committee
  • Prevention and Intervention

Justice and Service Resources

  • Catholic Social Teaching Overview
  • List of Possible Service Sites
  • Service Learning Components
  • Planning a Service Project Worksheet

Mission Trip Preparation

  • Mission Trip Policies
  • Preparation Phase
  • Insertion Phase
  • Return Phase

Leadership Development 

  • Volunteer Ethical Guidelines
  • Sample Volunteer Application
  • Sample Volunteer Job Description
  • Sample Job Descriptions

Prayer and Liturgy Resources

  • How to Write a Prayer
  • Sample Prayer Service Worksheet
  • Sample Liturgy Preparation Worksheet
  • Sample Eucharistic Exposition Outside of Mass Worksheet.

Retreat Resources

  • Sample Youth Retreat Outlines
  • Confirmation Retreat Outline